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Had a hectic day with hubby having surgery so watering was done early. Dark clouds and wind last night and this afternoon as I sat in the surgery center waiting room I saw the wind pound the low bushes across from the parking lot. It was muggy, too, just not fun.
HOW TO BUILD AN AMAZING GIFT BASKET
Decide on a theme. These gift baskets turn out the best, and are the most visually pleasing. You can have a color theme or a specific reason theme, such as birthday, baby shower, anniversary, etc. Here are some ideas for themes:
· Baby Shower or New Baby
· Movie Night
· Date Night
· Thank You
· Graduation or Congratulations
· B.F.F. (Best Friends Forever)
· Welcome To the Neighborhood/Office/Club
Once you have a theme chosen you can narrow your focus when buying supplies. The first step is to choose your basket. If you plan to have a color theme, for example all blue items, you might want a neutral basket to make those items really pop. If you will be adding a bottle of wine or a tall statue, you will need a larger basket that is more supported sat the bottom to hold the extra weight. You might want to bring your bottle or statue with you to check and see whether it will fit, or whether it will bang into the basket handle. You will want to leave enough space to add the fun items you will tuck in there, so plan accordingly while choosing your basket size.
Keeping your theme in mind, choose a central item for the center, such as a vintage teapot or cookie jar, or large candle or garden statue. Then plan your other items to match. For example, the teapot might look great with two mismatched teacups and saucers, in which you can tuck some unusual exotic teabags. Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to find these items and are typically cheaper than antique stores.
Other fun items for a tea theme would be tiny specialty crackers, tea strainers, small hard candies, tea cozies, inspirational music CD, and small jars of jam or jellies. If you were doing a pamper basket, choose bath salts, lotions, bath puffs, hair scrunchie, gourmet boxed chocolates or candies, music CD, or foot scrub. Your imagination will really be counted on for you to think outside the box and come up with some great items.
Once you have your items gathered, there are a few other things you will need. You will need newspaper or tissue paper, shreds, small gauge wire, wire cutters, a glue gun, Styrofoam or flower foam, ribbon, a clear basket bag and decorative flowers. You are now ready to build your basket.
Starting with your central piece, group your smaller items around. Remember that symmetry is not important here- the odd item out sometimes gives a more pleasing visual. If you are adding wine glasses, try to balance them against the side of the basket or stuff newspaper or tissue paper underneath to give it more support. Use your small gauge wire to secure them to the sides of the basket, so that once the basket is moved, they don’t. Don’t forget to add small mints or decorative fake grapes in the bowl of the glasses for effect.
I like to add a decorative vintage napkin, doily or handkerchief and drape it over the front of the basket as an accent piece. You could also add two napkins for them to use with their tea.
Add your shreds around and in between…they will hide a multitude of sins! Add ribbon on the handle of the basket and secure with glue gun. Finish by putting your entire basket in a basket bag, preferably one which can be shrink-wrapped for a professional look. Now you have an amazing gift basket that will be most appreciated!
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